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3 Reasons Why Adults Might Need Orthodontic Treatment

Although orthodontic treatment and braces are usually associated with your teenage years, it is never too late to straighten your teeth.  Nowadays more and more adults are deciding to get braces.  Here are a few reasons why adults should get braces and live life enjoying that perfect smile.

Why Get Braces?

Believe it or not, braces do more than just straighten teeth.  As an adult, straight teeth may be secondary to fixing bite problems and overall function.  Proper orthodontic treatment will make your teeth easier to clean and can relax strained jaw muscles.  A quick trip to your orthodontist can pinpoint problem areas and create a personalized plan on how to correct them.

Self-Confidence

Research has shown that straight teeth and proper tooth alignment can improve self-esteem.  A confident smile can help you in many aspects of your life whether personal or professional.

Your Oral Health

Braces will improve your oral health.  Orthodontic treatment will correct:

  • Malocclusions – This condition refers to crooked or crowded teeth, which can lead to a “bad or destructive bite”. Dentist will often refer adults to an orthodontist because of a bite that is damaging to the teeth or gums.  Some of the damage that can result from a bad bite is worn teeth, gum recession, broken teeth, and tipped teeth.
  • Difficulty cleaning your teeth – Crooked or crowded teeth make your teeth difficult to clean.  This can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum and bond problems.  All of these problems can lead to tooth loss.  Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, thus reducing the risk that other problems will develop.

Flexible Treatments

Many adults are wary of braces for the simple fact that they don’t want metal brackets on their teeth.

Fortunately, there are many different orthodontic treatment options that are available today that do not use the traditional metal brace.  Options such as Invisalign or ceramic braces will minimize how noticeable your treatment is.

You may also be surprised that the overall treatment time is less time than you may think.  Talk to your orthodontist to set up a treatment option that works for you.

Your insurance may also cover some or all the costs associated with your treatment. Make sure to inquire with your insurance company to see if they will cover your orthodontic treatment.

It’s Worth It!

Orthodontic treatment as an adult can be a difficult decision but, like all difficult decisions, it is remarkably rewarding!

 

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces – Which One is Right For You?

Although there are many different brace options available, two of the most popular are Invisalign and the traditional braces.  Here is an overview of each and some of the advantages of Invisalign and traditional braces.

Invisalign

At Mountain Orthodontics, an Invisalign treatment plan will be specifically designed for you by Dr. Ball.  Clear aligner therapy, such as Invisalign, includes a series of aligners which apply pressure to gradually move teeth to the desired position.  Aligners are removable and must be worn consistently to work.   Invisalign aligners are BPA free and clear, making them almost invisible.

For Invisalign to work, you are expected to wear them at least 22 hours per day, removing the aligners only to eat or brush and floss your teeth.

Some of the advantages of Invisalign include:

  • They are almost invisible, making them extremely popular for adults.
  • Oral hygiene may be easier. Clear aligner therapy does not require wires or brackets, making oral hygiene less time consuming than with traditional braces.
  • Minimal impact on your daily routine. You can eat and drink with fewer restrictions with Invisalign braces because you take the aligners out before each meal.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are a tried, tested and true way of straightening teeth and can be used for a wide range of orthodontic problems such as overbite and complex tooth alignment.

Traditional braces are comprised of a set of brackets and bands that are bonded to each individual tooth.  They are all connected by a wire that is tightened and readjusted at your orthodontic appointments.  This pressure corrects a wide range of orthodontic problems leaving you with a straight, beautiful smile and great overall bite.

Some of the advantages to the traditional brace method include:

  • Suitable for any age and can be used for a wide range of orthodontic treatments.
  • They have a wider application than Invisalign braces.
  • They are more suitable for younger patients whose mouths are constantly evolving.

Which Type is Right For You?

There is no easy answer to this question.  Both brace types offer distinct advantages and both have limitations.    At Mountain Orthodontics we offer both Invisalign and traditional brace treatments and can assist you in determining the right orthodontic treatment for you.

 

Vacationing with Braces

Thai womanwith a big smile laying on the grassAlthough a daily routine of brace care is an important part of the overall experience, it is quite unrealistic to expect that you will be able to keep up this routine for the entire duration of your treatment.

Unfortunately, life happens and sometimes your brace care may have to take a backseat.  This is especially true when it comes to holidays and vacations.  As the premier orthodontist in Squamish, I would like to offer you the following guidelines of vacationing with braces.

Bringing the Essentials

Even though you are finally going on that dream vacation, you still need to be somewhat responsible and not totally neglect your daily brace care routine.  When you are busy packing your usual toiletries, make sure to pack the following items for your braces:

  • Toothpick or floss pick
  • Travel toothbrush – use a soft bristled brush
  • Mouth rinse or a water bottle
  • Orthodontic wax to cover any protruding wires that may occur over the course of the holiday
  • A small hand held mirror that you can use to examine any potential brace related problems

Remember:

If you have any questions about what to pack in your brace kit, or how to care for your braces while on vacation, please contact me today.

If you are on vacation and a problem with your braces does arise, I recommend contacting my office as soon as possible so that we can troubleshoot the problem together.

Foods to Avoid

Unfortunately, even though you are on a holiday, some of the same food rules still apply, here is a refresher of foods to avoid while on the road:

  • Chewy or gummy food
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candies or cookies
  • Nuts and chips

I suggest avoiding these and other unfriendly foods to prevent a broken bracket or broken or damaged wire.  Either of these unpleasant situations can seriously dampen even the best vacation.

Keep Clean

Regardless of whether you are on vacation or not, hygiene is an important part of your total brace care.  This is especially true if you are using a retainer or Invisalign braces.  It is important that you keep your retainer container or Invisalign trays clean and know where they are at all times.

You do not want to get into the bad habit of not wearing your retainer while on vacation because you cannot find it or it is dirty.  The same guidelines apply to Invisalign braces because each tray is so important for the overall brace process.

Holidays are always an exciting opportunity to break from the norm and get out and experience new places and cultures; However, proper brace care is still important and must be maintained, even while on vacation.

Enjoy your vacation!

 

 

Got Braces? – Why Rubber Bands are your Friend

Believe it or not, those tiny rubber bands that you put on the braces serve a purpose. And a very important purpose at that! They are an integral part of wearing braces and must be worn consistently and correctly to realign your teeth and correct your bite.

I would like to share some key facts about why you need to wear the little rubber bands and how they will not only accelerate your treatment, but also make the overall brace experience far more effective and maximize the results.

Different Shapes and Sizes

Each time you visit your orthodontist, your braces are realigned and new pressure is applied. The elastics that you are expected to wear will also change over the course of your treatment. Each individual elastic comes in different thicknesses and sizes, depending upon the job they are expected to do.

Here’s the Deal:

The practicality and incredible efficiency of elastics are the reason that orthodontists use these elastic bands.

How often do I need to wear them?

I get this question quite often and the only answer I can give is: it depends on each patient and circumstance. As previously mentioned, elastics do a wide range of jobs and are an extremely versatile tool for an orthodontist.

Here are some general guidelines for your day to day elastic use:

  • Always follow the pattern we have given you.
  • Make sure to change your elastics every 3-4 hours and at least every 12 hours because they lose elasticity over time.
  • Make sure to use the proper elastics and see that they are properly attached to the brace bracket – use a mirror if necessary.
  • If you run out of elastics – stop in to pick up some more.
  • Only double up your elastics if we have instructed you to do so.

It is important that you wear your elastics diligently because without constant pressure, your teeth or bite will not move into proper alignment.

Remember:

These are only generalities and each orthodontic case is specific and unique. I will be happy to discuss your overall treatment plan and how elastics help in achieving your best smile.